I can't remember the last time I slept through the night. I'm sort of like a newborn except instead of waking up because I need to be fed, I'm waking up because my children don't know how to sleep through the night.
Each one goes through stages where they sleep really well and stages where they don't. Right now my 9 1/2 year-old is currently in a "not sleeping well "stage.
He has suddenly developed supersonic hearing and seems to think he can hear every little noise, creak, siren, train whistle and bump in the night.
Not only can hear them, but he has developed some anxiety about these bumps in the night. He's woken up every night for the past week scared of some noise that he's heard (or believes he's heard.) We do live relatively close to some train tracks and you can sometimes hear the train running. It's not loud and there is no whistle, but he seems to think he can hear it, and it scares him. Every time the heater kicks on it wakes him up and scares him. Every time the cat knocks something around in the house it wakes him up and scares him. Every time the wind howls it wakes him up and scares him. You get the picture.
And every time he wakes up scared he comes into our room and scares the living daylights out of me waking me up in a panic insisting that the world is coming to an end. Then he lays in my bed for the next hour and asks excitedly "what was that noise?!", what was THAT noise?! " Eventually he calms down enough to fall back to sleep but by that point of course I am wide awake.
I know this is just a phase and in the grand scheme of life I'm not too terribly concerned. If some extra snuggles with my oldest is the worst thing that happens to me this week I will gladly take it. But I'm wondering how to calm his anxiety about these noises and how just long the phase might last.